I Thought it Was Dead, Now I Am
How many electricians have fallen with this possibly being their last words?
After the fact, we often hear that the electrician was always safe and performed his job by the book. However, accidents like this that claim the lives of electricians occur every day. What are some of the common mistakes made and what are some methods that can be applied to help prevent these?
Mislabeling, tracing out wrong conductors, not properly verifying the circuit is in an electrically safe working condition, and being unaware of back up or emergency circuits and connections have all contributed to these incidents and fatalities. Perhaps it is time to change the culture of electricians and teach them to consider all possibilities when working on and around existing equipment, and understand the common mistakes that can be life-ending.